Featuring the body of a horse with the torso and head of a man, a Centaur is one of the many imaginative figures that comes to us out of myth and legend. Thought to be children of Ares, Centaurs were wild hunters and warriors, often depicted with a bow or club.
The mother of the race of Centaurs was the cloud nymph Nephele.The father is disputed, but thought to be Ares, god of war.Centaurs certainly live up to their wild patronage, known to beunruly at times, and often associated with the god Dionysus. Thewarlike hybrids of horse and man appear in many myths, includingthose of Chiron and Hercules.
The Centaur stomped its hoof and flicked its tail. The horsepart of its body satisfied, the massive creature lifted a cup toits very human face and took a deep draught of cool water. Ittossed the cup aside and drew up to its full height, flexing itspowerful muscles. Strapped to one arm was a wooden shield, alreadynicked and dented. The other arm held a mace, with a wooden handleand iron tip, scratched and dirty from recent use. The youngCentaur was a full member of the herd now. It had survived itsfirst battle, a skirmish with Cyclopes, and now stood ready for thenext day's adventure. A horn sounded. Powerful legs pushed theCentaur forward to join the rest, its hooves clacking on the stonesand thumping on the earth. Charge!